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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.


  • Full-day tour from Auckland to two of New Zealand’s most magical sites
  • Take a boat ride to the glowworm grotto to see thousands of glowworms twinkling in the darkness
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and admire the stunning pastoral scenery
  • Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set, where parts of The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed
  • Have you photo taken in front of a hobbit hole!

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What You Can Expect

Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

After hotel pickup in Auckland, enjoy a morning snack on board the luxury coach during a scenic drive through the North Island’s rolling hills and lush farmland. Listen to your guide’s commentary as you travel through the Waikato and King Country regions, and learn of the colonial history between British settlers and the Maori in Rangariri.

Upon arrival in Waitomo, you’re taken to the noteworthy Waitomo Caves for a guided tour. Descend underground into the limestone caverns to view stunning stalactites formed over centuries. Drift along the Waitomo River during a short boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where a breathtaking display of tiny illuminated lights glow in the darkness. Discover the mystery behind the luminescence of thousands of glowworms before enjoying a provided picnic lunch.  

Your day trip continues across the Kaimai Ranges toward Rotorua and onward to Matamata, where you’ll visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, a working sheep farm and significant filming location for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series, all of which were filmed throughout New Zealand. Discover how the site was transformed into JRR Tolkien’s The Shire — home of Bilbo Baggins and his fellow hobbits. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole and see the pond, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and more. 

Your full-day tour ends in Rotorua or with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good Stuff

Edmund A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Long drive on a bus from Auckland but worth the time. Hobbiton was amazing and well preserved from the two series that were filmed there. Very cool. Then Waitomo and the gloworms- incredible. Unlike anything you will see elsewhere on the planet. A must see.

Kevin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great Trip, Ran Very Smoothly.

one minor problem which was very quickly resolved thank you Jessica

glow worms are amazing

brenda d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, even if your not, experience this beautiful countryside. Quite a memory!

Uma naidu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

experience was good

David Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My wife went. she's a fan and loved it.

Sophie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The movie set is a must seen, and so well organized you have more than the time to see all of it and take 10.000 pictures! Great guide, amazing food
The cave was fantastic, so peaceful and amazing to see. Funny guide too.
Our driver, Allan, was the sweetest, he told us so much!

Ammaron W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour. The bus driver did well telling the story of how it all came to be while navigating his way through some awful traffic! This tour is a must for anyone visiting New Zealand!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Hobbiton had amazing scenery, very knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. Great food at the end, good cider included at the Green Dragon Inn. Waitomo Glow Caves were interesting but not something I'd do a second time. No photography allowed there. I'd honestly recommend saving the money and time and just doing Hobbiton, do something besides Waitomo. Just personal opinion. They're just old limestone caves. This tour you just walk through them until the end where you board a boat. I've heard other tours will let you swim through the caves which would be much more interesting.

Great Sights was the bus provider and the bus driver did an excellent job providing interesting information about local areas, events, history, etc. Also was pretty humorous at times. Overall I'd recommend this trip but perhaps consider skipping Waitomo.

Audrey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was great! Only complaint is that we were informed the tour began at 7am and to be at the pickup location hotel 10 mins prior to this time. We were in the lobby of our hotel by 6:30am. We were then informed by the receptionist of our hotel that the bus came at 6:15am for us and left because we were not there. We had to quickly rush to the pick-up location in the city and made it there by 6:45am. I recommend the tour company emails everyone the day before to confirm pick up time. We had no clue! Anyway, once we got on the bus all was good. Our tour guide Marty was full of energy and ready for the day ahead. You could tell how much he loves Auckland and shared his knowledge with us on the bus ride to Hobbiton. Hobbiton was amazing! My friend and I could not stopping talking about it for the whole day. We enjoyed a delicious all-included lunch at Hobbiton and a nice glass of beer once the tour finished. We then hopped back on the bus to the Waitomo caves. This was also a great experience! Marty also stopped a few of his favorite local places on the way back to the city for New Zealand ice cream. Our tour was fantastic. I really have no complaints. I give Marty 5 stars for being a great tour guide, he really made this experience great for us. I also loved the small tour group size of 5 people as it was more personal and was not rushed at all. Highly recommend this! I will be back.

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